The Real Pirates Of The Caribbean
This hub is not about Jack Sparrow. It isn't about ships with black flags and skulls. It isn't about Johnny Depp or the other guy that looks like a frog pictured under him.
This hub is about theft and it is about the Caribbean. It is about Puerto Rico and people robbing other people.
The robbers don't wear pirate hats and patches over their eyes. They don't carry swords. They wear suits and ties or nice dresses. They carry ballpoint pens and fancy laptop computers.
When they get caught, they don't have to walk the plank to a watery grave full of sharks; they are sent to a lush "prison" with all the amenities of home. Maybe more than their home offers.
It's called dirty politics. Stealing from hardworking citizens who pay their taxes. Civil servants who smile and wave; who kiss babies and make outlandish promises one day and the next day they use their pens and laptops to steal.
It happens everywhere, but I have seen an over abundance here in this Caribbean country which is 35 miles wide and 110 miles long with a population of 3,978,702.
The country is Puerto Rico.
These are the REAL PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN!
Corruption and Scandals
Just the other day we were driving through Guaynabo and I looked at a large building that looked like corporate offices. I asked my love what it was and she looked at me and said prison. I have never seen such a nice looking prison. It is a federal prison that holds white collar criminals.
It justs seems to me that a place like that looks more attractive that not. Let's see, I can try to steal this million dollars and if I get caught, I will be treated better than I am in my own home.
What is wrong with that picture?
Many people are just not scared of prison anymore. People will chance it for the payout and the people getting hurt are the hardworking taxpayer.
Let's look at a few of these pirates:
Aníbal Acevedo Vilá
The former governor of Puerto Rico was indicted on many charges including money laundering. Many of the charges were dropped and he was found not guilty of the rest.
Vilá was/is a lawyer and knew the right people.
I believe that this pirate got away with his crimes. He never served even one day in jail.
Jorge de Castro Font
This senator from Puerto Rico was convicted.
Font was charged with 21 counts of fraud and conspiracy. Font was a real pirate and got a whopping 5 years in that beautiful prison and 3 years probation. That sentence was handed down in May of this year.
Font still awaits charges of tax evasion.
Wouldn't this man look good with an eye patch?
Did you know that today's pirates wear badges? They don't carry swords. They carry guns and bullets.
Just awhile back more than 100 Puerto Rican law enforcement officers were arrested by the F.B.I. for multiple charges. Some were bribery, planting illegal drugs and selling drugs.
They have used their position to rob, steal and cheat. Some have even murdered people.
These are the real pirates of the Caribbean.
People wonder why cops aren't trusted. This explains why.
How To Fight Pirates
Many of the local people seem to be hesitant to try to fight these pirates. that is the pirates offensive maneuver. They want people scared and keeping their mouths shut.
The way to fight pirates is to tell.
Don't be scared. If you see or hear corruption, report it.
Below is a link to do exactly that. Do you work in a civil job and you see a co-worker or boss doing wrong? Are they stealing or using their position for gain that could be illegal? Do you suspect wrong being done?
Don't be scared. Report.
Letting the pirates do their crimes just makes them stronger and sooner or later, you will be the victim. Stop the piracy now.
To report corruption in Puerto Rico call 877-FBI-SJPR or use this link on-line:
Have Pride in Puerto Rico
It is up to all of us to make this country safe.
Have pride in Puerto Rico. Stop corruption in it's tracks.
© G.L. Boudonck
© 2011 Greg Boudonck